Collins Injera is delighted to be back in the Sevens fold after missing out on the last couple of seasons to represent Kenya at the 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.
Injera was on Friday named in the Kenya 7s squad that will travel to Cape Town, South Africa for the 2022 Rugby Sevens World Cup marking his first return to sevens since Tokyo 2020 Olympics. His last series outing was LA and Vancouver 7s in 2020.
“It’s nice to be back in the 7s fold,” he told the press on Friday morning in Nairobi. “It’s been a while since I was here I had gone to the 15s team. Getting a chance to play in the World Cup is huge. Everyone would want to represent his nation at the World Cup I’m just grateful to be here. We love big competitions and I am happy for to be selected.”
Injera, who is the second all time top scorer in the HSBC World Sevens Series, hopes to inspire Kenya 7s in Cape Town with the first game set to be against Tonga, a non-core side at the World Sevens Series.
"It’s a knock-out tournament; you lose one game you are out. We’ll take it a game at a time. Our energy is on Tonga that’s our first game so our focus should be there.”
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Kenya 7s had a good outing in LA last week finishing sixth as Australia won their first ever HSBC World Sevens Series title while New Zealand won the cup.
“The series is quite big now. Four teams were gunning the series last weekend in LA. You can see teams have closed the gap between them and top nations everybody now has a chance of playing.”
“You see how Kenya finished strongly; Samoa also had some really good kids with a good style of play. The World Rugby is improving we have to stay at pace with it. For us I think we are doing well in terms of how we are blending with the new guys and also we are incorporating the experienced guys.”
The innovative ‘winner takes all’ knock-out competition format first introduced at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 means every match counts as teams will need to win every time they enter the pitch in order to become world champions.